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Topic: UTENSILS

Language: Old English
Origin: cetel

kettle

noun
     
kettle
ket‧tle [countable]
1DFU a container with a lid, a handle, and a spout, used for boiling and pouring water [= teakettle American English]
She filled the kettle and switched it on.
The kettle's boiling (=the water in it is boiling).
Put the kettle on (=start boiling water in a kettle) will you?
2 American English a large pot, used for making soup
3

another/a different kettle of fish

informal used to say that a situation is very different from one that you have just mentioned:
She enjoys public speaking but being on TV is a different kettle of fish.
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